Victoria Macdonald , Health and Social Care Correspondent

Victoria Macdonald is Health and Social Care Correspondent at Channel 4 News.

Victoria Macdonald is an award-winning journalist, who has been covering health and social care issues for Channel 4 News since 1999.

She reports on changes in the NHS - the reforms and the politics - whether it is in hospitals or in the community or, indeed in Westminster.

She closely follows the care system and how it impacts on the elderly and those with disabilities as well as investigating issues, including mental health, HIV/Aids and TB, and child health.

Victoria is originally from New Zealand and worked for the Sunday Telegraph before joining Channel 4 News.

  • 20 Jun 2018

    Today’s report throws light on the latest in a long list of hospital scandals in recent years – scandals where families and whistleblowers have faced stonewalling from the authorities in their fight to uncover the truth.

  • 18 Jun 2018

    It’s the end of the “sticking plaster” approach to health funding, promised Theresa May today. The £20 billion a year boost to spending will, she said, come mainly from taxes, although she repeated her claim that some part of the increase will be paid for by a “Brexit dividend”. That suggestion has been widely attacked…

  • 17 Jun 2018

    NHS England will get a boost of more than 20 billion pounds a year after Brexit, Theresa May has announced – hinting that taxes and borrowing could rise to help pay for it, as well as that so called Brexit ‘windfall’. But it’s already caused huge ructions inside the Cabinet. Victoria Macdonald, Health and Social…

  • 2 Jun 2018

    For women with a family history of cancer – there’s a chance to get ahead of the disease by getting tested for the faulty BRCA gene. Many then decide to get their ovaries and fallopian tubes pre-emptively removed. Now doctors are encouraging women with the gene who are about to undergo any kind of abdominal…

  • 31 May 2018

    On the back of the worst winter in a decade, NHS trusts in England have reported financial deficits twice as bad as anticipated.The number of GPs planning to leave the profession has risen to two in five. And senior doctors have today warned the government that the NHS needs an extra seven billion pounds a…

  • 30 May 2018

    When most people think about cancer, they think about chemotherapy, surgery and radiotherapy. Now a survey by the Teenage Cancer Trust has revealed that eight out of 10 young people find the mental health impact of cancer as hard to deal with as the treatment itself. Yet half of all teenagers with cancer do not…

  • 27 May 2018

    Theresa May has congratulated Irish voters on their decision to liberalise abortion laws – but she’s now under pressure to reform Northern Ireland’s strict laws too, with MPs across the political spectrum calling for the “anomaly” to be resolved.

  • 26 May 2018

    Leaders from the North and South Korea meet again on the border for a surprise second summit. Could peace in the peninsula – and Donald Trump’s planned talks with Kim Jong Un – all be back on again?

  • 16 May 2018

    The mother of a little boy who died from a rare form of childhood cancer has appealed to Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt to intervene in a funding row over a drug which could cure other children. Gemma Lowery, whose six-year-old son Bradley suffered from neuroblastoma, wants an antibody treatment to be made available on the…

  • 4 May 2018

    Children with a rare form of cancer will not get a new drug on the NHS. The treatment offers hope of extending life, or even curing the disease. The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence, or NICE, issued interim guidance today saying the drug was too expensive. Now families say they are faced with…

  • 3 May 2018

    Thousands of calls have been made to a helpline following revelations that a computer error may have led to 450,000 women in England missing out on breast screening invitations. One man has spoken out saying he believes his wife could still be alive if the issue was spotted sooner.

  • 2 May 2018

    Around 450,000 women patients in England didn’t undergo a final, routine breast cancer screening because of NHS technical errors. These errors were IT issues which meant the women weren’t sent an invitation for a breast scan. The failings started in 2009 but were only discovered this January. And it’s now thought that up to 270…

  • 30 Apr 2018

    Too many patients end their days in hospital, when they would far rather be at home with loved ones. Now, for the first time, a secure on-line system links patients with GPs, hospitals and even paramedics, so that everyone can instantly see where patients want to go – and whether they want to be resuscitated. The…

  • 25 Apr 2018

    Parents of children with a rare form of cancer were told their treatment could be stopped mid-course, because the highly expensive drug might no longer be available for free. Doctors feared that the company which provides the Neuroblastoma drug, and has already spent £6 million on, might have to start charging. They’ve now agreed to…

  • 22 Apr 2018

    The Home Secretary Amber Rudd is facing calls to resign over her department’s treatment of the Windrush generation. The Justice Secretary David Gauke said he felt shame over their treatment – but insisted although there were failures in implementation – the government’s central policy on immigration was right. But his former cabinet colleague Baroness Warsi…